Airport Activity Survey

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  • ECATS (Electronic Collection of Air Transportation Statistics): Statement 2
  • ECATS: Statement 4
  • ECATS: Statement 6

The purpose of this business survey is to provide estimates of passengers enplaned and deplaned and cargo loaded and unloaded at Canadian airports. Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Collection periods:
Data for ECATS Statement 2 and Statement 6 are collected on a monthly basis and due 30 days after the reference month:
  • January data are due March 2nd;
  • February data are due March 30th;
  • March data are due April 30th;
  • April data are due May 30th;
  • May data are due June 30th;
  • June data are due July 30th;
  • July data are due August 30th;
  • August data are due September 30th;
  • September data are due October 30th;
  • October data are due November 30th;
  • November data are due December 30th;
  • December data are due January 30th.

Data for ECATS Statement 4 are collected quarterly on a calendar year basis and are due 60 days after the reference quarter:

  • January-March data are due May 30th;
  • April-June data are due August 30th;
  • July-September data are due November 30th;
  • October-December data are due March 2nd.
Collection method:
Transport Canada collects the data electronically via the Electronic Collection of Air Transportation Statistics and shares microdata files with Statistics Canada.
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
  • Block Information Confidentiality


    Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes.

  • Block Information on Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements under Section 12 of the Statistics Act with Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

    Although, under the Section 12 of the Statistics Act, respondents can object to the sharing of information with other organizations, because Transport Canada has authority under the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) and pursuant to the Carriers and Transportation and Grain Handling Undertakings Information Regulations federally-regulated air carriers do not have the right to object to sharing their information with Transport Canada. Transport Canada will use the information obtained from federally-regulated carriers in accordance with the provisions of the CTA and related Regulations.

    All other air carriers not included in the paragraph above may refuse to share their information with the Canadian Transportation Agency by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician and returning it with their data submission. The Canadian Transportation Agency has agreed to keep this data confidential and use them only for statistical and research purposes.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey, Statistics Canada may combine it with information from other surveys or from administrative sources.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about:

    • passengers enplaned and deplaned at Canadian airports
    • cargo loaded and unloaded at Canadian airports
  • Block Information on Published data

    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

    Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

    Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

  • Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2701
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